Goal Transfer List 2013
10. James Rodriguez - Porto to Monaco (€83.7m)
The sums involved in James Rodriguez’s move from Porto to Monaco might not have been immediately evident to most football fans given everything else that went on in the principality last summer, but the young Colombian’s transfer was one of the 10 most costly deals of 2013.
With Radamel Falcao's arrival catching so much attention, the 22-year-old winger went almost under the radar to some extent when he arrived at the Stade Louis II alongside Joao Moutinho.
Yet his 45 million euro transfer fee tells only half of the story behind his phenomenal switch to Dmitry Rybolovlev’s outfit. A 6 million euro net annual salary will cost Monaco 34.2 million euros after tax over the course of his five-year contract, while a signing-on fee of around 1.5 million euros and agents’ fees amounting to approximately 3 million euros bring the total cost of the deal to almost 84 million euros.
The Monegasques showed with James’s signing that they are willing to pay top dollar, no matter how young or unproven he may be.